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hagel. chuck hagel enlisted in the army in 1967. he was a sergeant in the infantry. in 1968 -- and this is an anomaly. this is not true of very many other people, if any other people at all. chuck hagel served in the same small patrol in the infantry as his brother. he was 21 at the time. his brother tom was 19. in march 1968, sergeant hagel was on patrol when he was hit by shrapnel from a mine. he still carries some of that shrapnel in his chest today. but that day in 1968, it was his younger brother tom who tore his shirt open and wrapped the bandages around chuck hagel's chest to stop the bleeding. his brother saved him. his younger brother tom had also been hit by shrapnel. they spent time recovering in a field hospital after that incident. they didn't stay in the hospital long, though, because the following month, in april 1968, the two of them were back out together. they were riding in the same armored personnel carrier when it also was hit by a mine in an ambush. quoting from the book "long time passing" here, chuck instantly aflame, his left side burning, his face a
chuck hagel gave an interview to his hometown paper in lincoln, nebraska "the journal star." he told the paper it should reassure america and the world that america is still a leader, and we can and will get the job done. he said, quote, that is very important for the world to realize. more the point, though, chuck hagel then said, "well, now that we've killed osama bin laden, let's leave afghanistan." he said that the pursuit of bin laden and al qaeda was, quote, the reason we invaded afghanistan ten years ago. now that bin laden was dead, the president he said has to, quote, start heading toward the exits. he said, "i believe the president will come up with a cogent way to disengage. we need to start winding this down." he said the taliban and al qaeda are two different elements. if we stay after killing bin laden, we have lost our purpose. he said the worst thing we can do is get bogged down without getting out. it wasn't that long ago, but it was interesting to look back a year and eight months ago to when bin laden was killed. i mean, at the time, anybody else think that maybe t
to block chuck hagel, and now that they are scoffing at even the prospect of jack lew at treasury, there are two options for understanding what republicans are doing here. they are either just making noise to convince their base that they still exist, and the beltway is dutifully reporting it as if it matters, but it doesn't. all those nominations are going to be or would have been fine, or the other option is that republicans really are going to try to set an absolutely historically unprecedented bar against the president nominating his chosen cabinet in a way that has never happened before in u.s. history. they will block, say, a nominee for treasury secretary because mitch mcconnell once felt irked in his presence. if that is really what they are planning, keep in mind that the republicans' mandate for doing this is something that they think derives from an election that the president just won by a lot and which their party lost seats in both the house and the senate. so it's either total nonsense what they are saying about these nominees, or it is totally unprecedented. totall
of the comments lately that folks have tried to rile up about chuck hagel. >> let me ask you one last question briefly about chuck hagel. what do you know about how things are going for senator hagel in terms of trying to win over his critics? what is happening with that nomination? >> i have communicated with him, and he is off meeting members of congress, over 24 senators in the last couple of days. he has a lot of other senators. and he is communicating to them that he is strongly supportive of the shaheen amendment that provides support for women in the military who have been raped, regarding abortions. he says he is really going to be a strong leader inside the military of really dealing with something which is a taboo and horrible subject, which is rape in the military of american servicemen against american servicewomen, and also indicating that he is going to be a strong and adamant advocate of continuing the process of aligning with the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell." so i think all of those messages he is communicating very solidly, and, you know, he is working senator through sen
presence, and the mainstream to use, and lately that folks have tried to rile up chuck hagel. >> one last question briefly about chuck hagel. you and i talked about him before since he was nominated. what do you know about how things are going for senator haggle in terms of trying to win over his critics. what's happening with the nomination? >> he is -- i've communicated with him, and he is off meeting members of congress, over 24 senators in the last couple of days, a lot of other senators and he is communicating to them that he is strongly supportive of the amendment to the national defense authorization act that provides support for women in the military that have been raped. he is saying he will be a strong leader inside the military of dealing with something that's taboo and horrible subject, which is rape in the military of american servicemen and american servicewomen and also communicating that he will be a strong and adamant advocate of continuing the process of aligning with the repeal of don't ask, don't tell. all of the messages he's communicating very solidly and he's just w
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